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Hair Loss May Become Rare....In the Meantime, Here are Tips to Cope

by Jane Ashley

Hair loss is one of the most common side effects of chemotherapy, stem cell transplant and targeted therapy or locally from radiation therapy. Looking back at my first oncology appointment, I remember my husband asking her, “Is my wife going to lose her hair?” He was asking because he knew losing my hair would probably be distressing to me. 

Bald Is Beautiful Shave Your Head For Chemo

Hair Loss from Chemotherapy May Become a Rare Side Effect for Certain Cancer Patients

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the use of...

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Radiation for Cancer - More Choices

by Jane Ashley

Before diagnosis, many people don’t realize that radiation therapy is an integral part of cancer treatment. It is used to kill cancerous tumors or shrink tumors before surgery. Estimates suggest that over half of all cancer patients receive radiation during their treatment. You might be wondering how radiation works and if it might work for your cancer. Consider the information contained here as Radiation 101.

Radiation, What To Expect Guide

How Radiation Works on Cancer Cells

Cancer cells are faster-growing cells than...

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Oral Chemo - Advantages and Disadvantages

by Jane Ashley

The first oral chemotherapy dates back to 1992 when Xeloda (capecitabine) was patented. It was first approved for the treatment of breast cancer in 1998 and approved for the treatment of metastatic colorectal cancer in 2001. In 2018, oral chemotherapy drugs are commonly prescribed for many types of cancer. It’s estimated that about over 25 percent of the new cancer drugs now in the pipeline will be oral. Is Oral Chemotherapy Covered by Insurance?

Oral Chemotherapy Advantages And Disadvantages

Cancer patients may be surprised to learn...

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Today is National Cancer Survivor's Day - Celebrate it!

by Jane Ashley

National Cancer Survivors Day is celebrated on the first Sunday of June. This holiday recognizes the growing number of cancer survivors who integrate themselves back into a productive and fulfilling life. National Cancer Survivors Day serves as an inspiration to people who are currently in treatment, recognizes the importance of caregivers and reminds the community at large of the increasing number of cancer survivors.

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This is “Our Day” – a day for each of us whose lives have been touched by...

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World No Tobacco Day

by Jane Ashley

May 31 is the day that the World Health Organization (WHO) sets aside as World No Tobacco Day. For 2018, the emphasis is “Tobacco and heart disease,” focusing on the link of smoking to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. 

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But this is a good day for cancer patients and their families to consider the effects of smoking on their health if they are in active treatment for cancer or if they are the caregiver or another member of the family.


1 out of 10 Cancer Survivors Still Smoke


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11 Things Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients Are Talking About

by GregP_WN

There are over 1,200 Metastatic Breast Cancer patients registered at WhatNext. These are some of the conversations they are having about the issues they are facing.

Metastatic Breast Cancer Info

Just curious about how long everyone has been living with cancer, or I guess if you're in remission, how long has that been? I am told I might have to have treatments periodically for the rest of my life. That sounds scary. ~JulesMom

I had a large melanoma in 1964 as a very young woman. Then 6 years ago had a series of...

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You Are NED! Great....What is it?

by Jane Ashley

As cancer patients, we hear our fellow patients proclaim, “I’m still NED.” They seem happy to be NED so we nod in agreement and ask ourselves, “What is NED?”

You Are Ned Great What Is It

NED is the acronym for “No Evidence of Disease.”  

On a related note: It's also the name of a Band, A unique band of six gynecologic oncology surgeons from across the country, N.E.D. is taking healing and the arts to a new level. Created as a cover band to entertain their peers at a medical conference, they saw the...

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You WILL Want a Port, The Only Question is - What Kind?

by Jane Ashley

One of the first encounters of cancer treatment is having a port implanted to receive chemotherapy. If you don’t have a port, you may be asking these questions.

Power Port

What is a port? A port is a small medical device (about the size of a quarter or nickel) implanted under the skin that connects to an IV catheter inserted into a large vein. 

There are four brands:

• BardPort
• Mediport
• Port-A-Cath
• PowerPort

The very center of the port is called the septum and is made of a seal-sealing...

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The Complicated Life of Being The Caregiver

by Jane Ashley

As if being diagnosed with cancer is not bad enough, working out the logistics of a prolonged and complex treatment might prove even harder. I sometimes think of those early days after my diagnosis when my husband, who was my caregiver, and I were so naïve about what we would be facing with my Stage IV rectal cancer diagnosis.

The Complicated Life Of Being A Caregiver

But we did make one commitment to each other, and that was that we would try to navigate this terrible diagnosis “one day at a time.” But in looking back at those...

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Palliative Care - Finding Symptom Relief

by Jane Ashley

Confused about what palliative care is? Has someone suggested that you receive palliative care but you’re afraid that it’s the same thing as hospice? There is quite a bit of confusion about palliative care and how it may benefit cancer patients.

Palliative Care Finding Symptom Relief

What is palliative care?

Palliative care seeks to relieve a patient’s symptoms and improve a patient’s quality of life. Palliative care provides patients relief from both the symptoms of their disease and the symptoms created by their treatment.

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